Message from H.E. Mr. Nipit Intarasombut
Minister of Culture of The Kingdom of Thailand
Thailand is very proud of muaythai, a martial art which has been part of the history of our Kingdom since the beginning. Muaythai has been passed down from generation to generation over thousand years and many legends and heroes have, and always will, be bed time stories for our children. Muaythai is more than just a martial art, it is a way of life as it includes heath, fitness, self defence, combat sport, and most importantly tradition and values.
It is with much joy that our art and sport has truly gone global and has brought part of Thai history to the world. I personally would like to congratulate the World Muaythai Council and the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur on ensuring that, regardless of which multi-sport games muaythai has been included in, the important aspects such as the traditional music and Wai Khru, were always a fundamental part of the competition.
I am also delighted on all cultural exchange programmes initiated to bring all cultures closer together. I would therefore like to congratulate IFMA on the signing ceremony on Peace and Sport and on the initiative on Generations for Peace, all showing that the foundation of muaythai is based on giving back to society.
As the Thai Minister of Culture, from the bottom of my heart, I would like to welcome all 100 countries participating on this prestigious event in honour of His Majesty the King’s birthday, and welcome you all to our Kingdom.